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as secretary of defense and as c.i.a. director for the last several years. the majority leader knows full well that the reason why cloture was denied or the debate -- closing off debate was denied is because there are reasonable requests being made on this side for additional information, and i hope and trust that that information will be provided here in the next few days and when we come back from the recess, we'll have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. i realize that's the headline that the majority leader would like the newspapers to write. we actually had some very reasonable discussions going on earlier today among senators on the democratic side and republican side to try to work this out. given the fact that this nomination has just so recently been reported from the armed services committee and o to accommodate the reasonable requests from senators to get answers to their legitimate questions. and we didn't need to have this vote today. we could have -- we could have d
recommend the office, because it doesn't include the department of defense, cia, the fbi, most importantly local and state officials. the question really before the committee is, as the strategic plan included enough to be able to really secure the homeland? i pointed to issues. al qaeda has said in a public statement that the goal is to collapse the economy of the united states. that's what i have said. and i think that the committee has to remember that within the context that if we waste money or carry out an ineffective program, that draws too much money unnecessarily, they we're actually turning out the mission of al qaeda. that's why this committee's work is so important. and cycling i want to point to the issue of drug traffic on our southern border. precisive as the ranking member did. this is a serious danger to the united states and remain so and is growing. the cartels are extremely vicious. they threaten members of the constituency, not only in the southern border but across the united states. the young people who are really becoming addicted, and this is not a voluntary matter
as structure of the cia and secretary of defense, i have seen firsthand how modern tools like remotely piloted platforms in cybersystems have changed the way wars are five and that given our men and women, the ability to engage the enemy and engage the course of battle even from afar. i have always felt having seen the great work that they do day in and day out, that those who performed an outstanding manner should be recognized. unfortunately, metals that the otherwise may be eligible for, simply did not recognize that kind of contribution. and for that reason, recognizing these technological advances, i am pleased to announce that i formally approved the establishment of a new distinguished warfare model. the model provides distinct recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly in fact a combat operations. that combat entails. our military reserves his pious declarations were who have died actions for their lives are on the line and we will continue to do so. we should also have the ability to honor the extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations in
of the budget committee, o.m.b., president's chief of staff, head of the c.i.a., secretary of defense -- he, after all these years, has gone home to his farm and his family in california. we do not have at 12:00 today a secretary of defense. these across-the-board cuts are going to be very difficult. the pentagon needs a leader to oversee and manage historic cuts and ensure they're made in a responsible way. just a minute about senator hagel. he was an enlisted man in the vietnam war. he didn't have to go. he enlisted. the story of senator hagel is not a legend; it's true. he was an heroic warrior, an infantryman. he saved his brother' brother's. when he was a senator -- he saved his brother's life. when he was a senator here, the picture on his wall was of he and his brother in vietnam on a carrier. he's proud of his service. he should be. wounded two times, an infantry squad leader, a man of integrity and dedication. he has a deep understanding of our national security establishment. gained not only from his military service but as a united states no member o senator, meme foreign intelli
of all, when leon panetta was nominated to be the cia director, i talked to a number of forced personnel in various parts of the world and they were concerned because he didn't have a background in intelligence and i said my eighth response was anyone who has been chief of staff to the president of the united states can handle anyone in the united states government, and of course he went on to prove that because so much so for his next position he was confirmed 100 to nothing in the secretary of defense and therefore it is by way of saying obviously our support your nomination. you handled the job of chief of staff very well. and the other thing i wanted to say is there was a problem when you were the chief of staff in that omb was continuing to try to run this country's space program, and i went to you and you started to massage and perhaps is the best way that the nasa administrator scot to run the space program without the omb folks saying you do this, you do that pursuant to directives given in the act which senator rockefeller chairs the commerce committee. and i want to thank you f
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